ST. PAUL – No seat limit. No dinner tables far apart – or state-mandated, standing 6 feet apart in a row. No more bar jockey, sweaty crowds or mosh pits bans.
No more. COVID. Restrictions.
(Unless the bar, restaurant, or business – or a local government – requires it.)
As of Friday, May 28, all statewide coronavirus restrictions on bars, restaurants, event centers in Minnesota – and all other businesses – are lifted, according to a plan announced earlier this month. ci by Governor Tim Walz, who instituted the first restrictions some 14 months ago, when the pandemic first arrived in Minnesota.
“Today is long overdue for bars and restaurants in Minnesota that have struggled over the past year due to COVID-19 restrictions,” said the executive director of the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association, Tony Chesak, in a statement. We are delighted to be fully open for business for the people of Minnesota to reunite with their friends and family.
To be clear, businesses in Minneapolis and St. Paul are still under cover. St. Paul’s ordinance requires that “all persons wear a face cover indoors at all times when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not maintained, except for the temporary removal of the cover. -face when they eat or drink ”.
And many businesses are expected to continue demanding masks and asking customers to keep their distance from each other, especially when standing in the checkout line. The pandemic is not over.
The news may seem disappointing. After all, earlier this month Walz lifted early bar and restaurant closing times and capacity limits, and soon after he lifted the mask’s mandate under new federal guidelines.
Nonetheless, Friday’s date means there are no more statewide COVID-19 restrictions, on anything. The only requirement is that all businesses must maintain a coronavirus control plan to generally ensure the safety of employees and customers.